Chief Art Acevedo of the Houston Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Sgt. Steve Perez.

Sgt. Perez, 60, drowned as he was driving his marked patrol vehicle to work during Hurricane Harvey. He had left his residence 2 ½ hours prior to his shift in an attempt to find a safe route to the police department and report to his duty station.

Perez was assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division in Houston. Unable to make it downtown due to the impassable roads as a result of the hurricane, he contacted his supervisor via radio and advised that he was reporting to an alternate duty station in Kingwood.

Perez failed to make roll call at the Kingwood Station. When his supervisor was notified, a search party went looking for him. His patrol vehicle was located Monday evening, but the torrential waters prevented a dive team from searching the vehicle. Tuesday morning, Perez was located still buckled in his police unit. He died of an apparent drowning.

Steve Perez served the Houston Police Department for 34 years. He was two days shy of his 61st birthday.

His wife, Cheryl, and an adult son and daughter survive him.

Sgt. Steve Perez is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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